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While creating an illustration, it’s important to carefully choose every element that goes into the work. Every aspect should add to the overarching concept. And this is what we see with the Roudra Bhangi illustration by Ibrahim Rayintakath.

 

Through this illustration, the touching story of a Guru-Shishya relationship is laid in numerous layers of colours, depth, patterns and emotions. The dizzying patterns, bold colours and layered shadows, all work together to draw the viewer deeper into the story.

 

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Born in May 1991, Sri Harsha Andukuri studied graphic design from IIT Guwahati. Specializing in UI/UX illustration and digital paintings, this architect graduate from NIT Patna, is also a keen traveler and soccer fan.


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Creative Gaga kicks off the year with an issue that asks the important questions, is it the web that’s leading the brands or the other way around? With 2014 witnessing an increase in brands investing in digital marketing, 2015 will only be bigger. We can say India has accepted the revolution, where more and more people are opening browsers to e-commerce, literally window shopping, and setting up shops online as well. The issue brings together renowned designers with digital experience, who discuss and throw light on the pros and cons of this change and where we possibly are headed with this in the future.

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Why do we love illustrations so much? Is it because it gives us a different perspective? Or is it the yearning for something spectacular? Maybe it’s simply to make one stop and think. These 3D installations by Peter Tarka, is all this and more. Each installation in the series takes different principles of design and explores the possibilities. The tension between the various objects in each installation creates something wonderful.

 

Peter Tarka is an art director and illustrator based in London who has worked with several renowned agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, and for eminent clients like Apple, Honda, etc.

 

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Anoop V Chalil
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A graduate from College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, Anoop V Chalil is an independent brand identity specialist and design expert who is dedicated to building brands that define, inspire, support, and transform organisations. Having given form to some of India’s leading brands, he has worked with leading strategic identity firms like Idiom Design & Consulting Ltd. as well as with The Brand Union, Ray+Keshavan.


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Packaging is the first vital step towards enchanting the audience. Who doesn’t like a cute box or a trendy bottle? With this issue, Creative Gaga lets the cat out of the box to reveal the world of packaging design. Featuring various local and international designers like Petar Pavlov from Macedonia and Brandziac from Russia, Elephant Design and Impprintzfrom Pune, the issue promises to be a keepsake for many.

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Gabriel Moreno
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Based in Madrid, Gabriel Moreno is best known for his work in advertising and whose illustrations have been frequently featured in leading publications. A BFA graduate from the Universidad de Sevilla, he has worked with international clients like Coca-Cola, Nike USA, Rolex and Victoria’s Secret in addition to developing his personal line of art.


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Gone are the days when Illustrations would take a back seat. Now, they are becoming more proactive and are evolving the way we communicate. This time, Creative Gaga focuses on how the advertising world is opening its doors to this exciting form of design. Featuring renowned Illustrators like Chris Beatrice, Nasheet Shadani, Vijay Kumar, Gabriel Mareno and much more, this issue promises to leave no page unturned!

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We all look for it. From a product to a person, quality is what stands out. It’s what is most desirable. “Design without quality is like mathematics without the number zero”, believes Creative Director, Avi Sehmi. And its importance multiplies when you’re starting up a design business. Here, he tells us how quality and other factors contribute to calculated growth of your business and you as a designer.

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Achieve Quality And You Can Achieve Anything

For a design business, quality work always comes first and foremost followed by networking events and the word of mouth. To hook a new client, the best way to move forward is to sit with your team and whip together a solution based pitch deck, with a simple and consistent follow-up schedule. The rule is to not push too hard or you will push them off.

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Practice Makes A Master

We’re born with talent within us and inspirations around us. These vary from designer to designer. One may wish to portray an abstract world and the other might want to tell a story through accentuated body language and a surreal setting. But the question is, ‘How do you do it?’.

 

Well, learning is a step by step journey. It’s a constant dance of finessing the basics’ the composition, the tone, the quality of light, the story etc. From Wacom & Adobe to Autodesk & Pixologic, digital design software and programs is where the magic lies. Master the magic, and there’s no stopping you.

 

And of course, it’s not just what’s within the measures of your screen but also the giant world around you. Travel. Experience various cultures. Discover different designs and art forms. Whether it’s African tribal art or the Bauhaus of Germany, notice the distinction, notice the similarities.

 

Remember, your mind makes connections that are unique to you and then you get to integrate that understanding and express that in a way that’s true to you. The process is nowhere near complete as it’s a lifelong mission to patiently work away at your craft.

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Every Creative Mind Needs To Be A Technology Mind As Well

The design is solution based and with modern day analytics and AB testing, there are ways to measure engagement and success rates. Keeping up to date with the trends in technology and working on the way you see the world around you is not an option, but absolutely necessary. Art is open to opinion and one will always feel that there are better, worse, stranger, even cooler artists out there. In that space its better to see how others are applying the principles and techniques and apply that understanding on improving the expression of your vision. Remember, it’s not a rat race but a lifelong process. Thinking otherwise will end up exhausting you too soon.

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Never Forget To Work For Yourself Too

Over time, you will realize that it’s not all about you and your ideas but rather about facilitating the thinking of the team, making them work cohesively and passionately, to come to the best solution. That is actual growth. With such growth comes pressure and responsibility; not only to handle a team but to also manage a client. To stay in touch with creativity and innovation, always present an alternate route to the client if you believe it adds value to them. That’s another thing that often times, the client will stay bull headed in the pitch meeting. Some may appreciate the extra mile you walked, some may totally disregard the idea. Hence, it’s always beneficial to have an outlet, like digital painting or music. It keeps you sane and creatively active. That’s your space for unleashing ideas and experimenting.

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Published in Issue 23

The issue explores a topic which is close to every designer, the Business of Design. We try to understand from the experienced ones that when is the right time to open own studio and what more you should get in your toolbox before taking the plunge! We had interactions with many talented studio founders like Rajesh Dahiya, Archan Nair, Ishan Khosla, Prasun Mazumdar and Anupam Tomer. Also featuring some of the best talents around the world such as Martin Grohs from Germany and Avi Sehmi from Canada, this issue not only provide answers to many questions but also initiate many new ones to explore further! We hope you will enjoy exploring the possibility of your studio with this issue.

 

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Vijayakumar Arumugam
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Vijayakumar Arumugam is an illustrator from Chennai. With a B.Sc. in Visual Communication from Loyola college and a Post-Graduation in Animation Film Design from NID, he worked in advertising for 3 years before launching himself independently in Mumbai.


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Keya Mahata is a caricature and a concept artist presently working in a gaming production company.


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This issue explores one of the widely discussed product design and automobile #design which is very close to our heart. We spoke to few leading names to find out the future of product design and understand the Indian designer sensibilities and practices. Everyone believe that it’s not just functionality but also the visual appeal of the product which plays a crucial in the success of a product. This <span class="text_exposed_show">issue is a bundle of inspirations and insights from the well know product and automobile designers. A must read which you will enjoy for sure. </span>

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Sajid Wajid Shaikh
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Based in Mumbai, Sajid Wajid Shaikh is an Illustrator, Visual Artist and a Graphic Designer. His key strengths lie in experimenting with shape, colour and line to produce bespoke illustration, pattern design, portraiture and typography. Inspired by music and art, he combines surrealism with traditional drawing techniques and digital technology.


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Packaging is the first vital step towards enchanting the audience. Who doesn’t like a cute box or a trendy bottle? With this issue, Creative Gaga lets the cat out of the box to reveal the world of packaging design. Featuring various local and international designers like Petar Pavlov from Macedonia and Brandziac from Russia, Elephant Design and Impprintz from Pune, the issue promises to be a keepsake for many.
Business, studios, agencies, freelancer all have different perspectives to handle the pandemic and hurdle it brings. While some find pandemic an obstacle which will soon fade away and on the other hand, few saw opportunities in the same. Many creatives used the past few months to reflect on their styles and horn their art. Many utilized it for collaboration opportunities with national and international creatives. This issue is a must-read if you are looking for insights, inspirations and ways to bounce back in this unlocking phase.

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There is probably nothing more important than imagination, especially in the world of illustration. Pushing ideas and thinking beyond is what counts. In this incredible series, the illustrator Omar Aqil takes inspiration from Picasso’s portrait paintings and brings in a 3D twist to it. Each of these illustrations is based on lightness and abstractions. The play with texture and throw of light and shadow is simply spellbinding.

 

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